People on alert since home invader is on the loose
BATON ROUGE - People are taking extra precautions, especially once the sun sets in one area of town, after police issued a warning about home invasions.
Police are investigating three home invasions and sexual assaults in the Tara, Glen Oaks and Webb Park areas. The incidents have happened since Sunday morning.
Police say in all three cases women were sexually assaulted by someone who broke into their homes.
"It's just very concerning that someone would enter a home knowing that someone is inside," said one resident. "It is very alarming, it seems like people are getting more daring."
Detectives said two of the victims were in their 70's and home alone at the time of the attack. They said the third victim was in her 30's and had her door kicked in.
An email sent to Tara residents said, "The resident heard a noise in the front of her house and went to investigate. A man wearing a ski mask grabbed her. Since he was wearing a mask she was not exactly sure of his race. She asked not to be hurt and she would give him money. However she was assaulted. The man entered her house through a front window."
The attacker in all three cases was described as a male around six feet tall, dressed in dark clothing with some kind of face covering and gloves.
Residents are asked to keep their windows and doors locked and those with alarm systems make sure they're set day and night.
"It may be time to take stronger measures to try to protect ourselves against this sort of thing," said Peter Carmichael.
Police say they are unsure if the three incidents are related because there is not enough physical evidence to link them.